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My Sony a6500 Up For Sale On Facebook Marketplace.

by Anura Guruge

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Link to the Facebook Marketplace posting.

No, I don’t need to sell it, BUT it seems a waste to have it and NOT use it!

Last week’s 5-day trip to Acadia was the tipping point. I took the a6500 with me BUT I never used it once! Given a choice I these days just prefer to use my full-frame Sony a7 II and my Google Pixel 2. It is basically the Pixel 2 that made the Sony a6500 redundant. I got the a6500 to be my COMPACT when taking the a7 II was not practical. But, the Pixel 2 has now become my compact — plus you can take phones to venues that don’t allow cameras!

Hence the decision to TRY and sell it. If I sell it I will use the proceeds to get another lens for my a7 II. That is my biggest impediment. I just do not have ANY good full-frame lenses!

So, that is the logic. Let’s see what transpires. Not the end of the world IF I don’t sell it.


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The Passing Of ‘Donald Hall’, Our Poet Laureate — But I Remember Him For The ‘Ox-Cart Man’.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the “Concord Monitor” coverage.

Click for Amazon listing for this GREAT book.

I had the honor of meeting Donald Hall once. It was probably 19-years ago and I think it was in Tilton (or thereabouts) in a church hall. He was doing a book signing for the ‘Ox-Cart Man‘. My son Matthew, very young at the time, loved that book. I went, with some friends from Meredith, to get an autographed copy. I suspect that that book is in this house somewhere. I hope the kids did not give it away.

Great man. I could take or leave his poetry, but I am not big into poetry. But, that is my loss.

If you are not familiar with the ‘Ox-Cart Man’ you really should check it out. It is lavishly illustrated too.

Donald Hall (1928 – 2018), RIP.

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“Summer Of Love Concert” At The “Capitol Center For The Arts”, Concord, NH — June 13, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

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It was a BLAST. It was BRILLIANT.

It was FREE.

Thank YOU (again) to the amazing “William H. Gile” Trust
that put on these FREE concerts in Concord, NH.

This was an unexpected bonus. I had NOT heard of this concert until quite recently when I got a flyer, in the mail, from the “Capitol Center For The Arts” (since I am a patron). I thought it would be too late to get tickets, but I managed to get 4 though they were not the great seats I have managed to get to “William H. Gile” concerts in the past. I had never heard of this ‘concert’, so was not sure what to expect.

So, so GLAD we went. It exceeded all expectations. Kind of a hybrid ‘tribute band‘ cum ‘legends in concert‘ mix that just covered songs from 3-years, viz. 1967 to 1969 — the “Woodstock Generation“. They really went to town. Talk about over the top energy. Very, very well done. This was my music.

I would readily go and see them again; even pay to see them. But, noticed on their Website that they don’t have that many gigs. They could be expensive to hire. A LARGE cast. Typically 15 – 16 performers on the stage. I heard the cast was close to 20.

It was a good night. The theater was fairly well packed. Some empty seats. That surprised I. Folks missed a great event.

Thank YOU, “William H. Gile” Trust. Much appreciated.

All pictures with my Google Pixel 2.

Thank YOU, “William H. Gile” Trust.

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It Is Always Such A Pleasure And Privilege To Deal With The U.K. Government!

by Anura Guruge

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Given that I am in self-imposed, financial exile I do not have to deal with U.K. Government that often. But each time I do, I come away feeling SO privileged and honored! At least in my case, they treat you with such courtesy, respect and PROMPTNESS.

This last interaction was a classic case in point. I was entitled, JUST, to a UK State Pension (even under the new guidelines) because I did work in the U.K. (and pay a fair amount of tax) for 10 years, 5 months and 2 weeks — 10 years being the minimum.

I had been idly looking at the UK Pension stuff for a couple of years and earlier this year decide to make my move,

They have, understandably, strict rules as to when you can apply. You can apply any time after you turn 65, but you can’t apply too soon. The earliest I could apply was May 4.

Can’t apply online. It has to be by mail because they would like you to enclose some original documents — at a minimum a original payslip or pension slip from a UK company with your UK insurance number on it. I had a few since I do also get a UK company pension — though that barely covers my wine.

I finally got all my duck in order, after multiple trips to banks, and on May 1, 2018 mailed it — USPS International First Class. That gave me some rudimentary tracking once it got to the UK.

This Monday, May 21, 2018, I got the above letter telling me that I will indeed get a miniscule State Pension.

So, May 1 to May 21. Less than 3-weeks in TOTAL and that involving two (2) air mail letters.

Per my tracking ‘they’ got my letter May 8, 2018.

This decision letter is dated May 10, 2018!

2-days. TWO-DAYS.


I am so happy.

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Prince Harry’s Electric-Blue, Electric Jaguar E-Type Is A ‘Real’ Jag — Albeit A Concept.

by Anura Guruge

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I had NOT heard of this concept car, which had been unveiled in 2017. I guess it didn’t get much shrift in the U.S.

So, when I first saw it in the news — and read about it in the media — I thought it was a cruel ‘modification’.

I am kind of glad I am wrong. It is nominally a Jaguar and for that I am so happy. I, as you know, am a Jaguar lover and purists — and own two; a 2002 XJ8 and a 1989 XJS V-12 convertible (below).

So, anything that violates the proud Jaguar legacy does not sit well with I.

But, this was OK. I am happy.

It is a REAL Jaguar.

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The Brilliant ‘Gordon Lightfoot’ (79) Will Be In Concord (NH) On Friday, June 22, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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A special honor: Gordon Lightfoot, I and Devanee (2014)

Autographed ‘Gordon Lightfoot‘ LP from 1974.

His 50th year performing — and he will be 80-years old this November 17th!


I am torn. I have seen him twice and as you can see above, met him ONCE. That was in Wolfeboro, NH, in 2014. I was a volunteer stagehand for the concert. He thanked me and then posed with us for a picture.

That was 6-years ago. He was frail then, but still quite the performer.

Not sure I want to see him … now.

I want to remember him from 2014.

But, I might change my mind.

He will, as you can see, be at the ‘Capitol Center for the Arts‘.

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I Sold My Samsung S3 Frontier On Facebook For $180 Within 12-Hours.

by Anura Guruge

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Christmas 2017, a few days after I got it. This was a joke. I never wore two watches … ever!

First time ever I sold anything on Facebook. I wanted to see what it was like. Was not too, too bad. Have the advantage that you can check the respondents profile on Facebook.

Yes, as with Craigslist it started with 4 – 5 ‘crazies’. I could tell that they were ‘scammers’ because they had patently bogus names. I blew them off.

Then I got a message from ‘Steve’ who started off by asking whether I would accept PayPal. That got my antenna up. I will confess I gave him quite a grilling. Then he told me he was a Realtor from Rhode Island. I found him on the Web and called him. He didn’t know I was going to call. He answered. Turned out to be a nice guy. Yes, I am shipping it to him and he graciously paid for the shipping.

I am happy.

I got the Frontier S3 to be my dress watch and act as a backup if my main tracker failed — as had done my first Garmin Vivoactive 3. But, I had not worn it much. Wore it mainly between my second Vivoactive 3 and the Fitbit Ionic and while waiting for my Garmin Fenix 5. In total I must have worn it for less than 5-days.

10-days prior to Christmas 2017, Best Buy DROPPED the price of the S3 by $40. It was, as such, cheaper then than it is now. So, I am quite cool with the price. Of course I have to eat some depreciation, but I am ‘OK’ with that. I wasn’t going to be greedy and try to compete with the 20 or so folks trying to sell S3s for $200 — and have been doing so for weeks. I got full price. {Smile}

Once I got the Fenix 5 I knew that my chances of ever wearing the S3 was close to nil. They are very similar watches, both in size and appearance. Side-by-side they look identical. So, I knew that I should get rid of the S3 and use the money to get a used Garmin. That is what I am going to do.

My Garmin Fenix 5.

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